"The nonprofit sector is a vital economic force and the nation's
fastest growing sector," said Stephanie Krick, associate lecturer
and the director of undergraduate programs for the School of Public Administration. "Nearly 11
million people in the United States, or about 10 percent of our
workforce, are employed by nonprofit organizations."
Students from all backgrounds, including health and human
services, the sciences, and the performing and fine arts, will find
the major a good fit, said Krick, who has been teaching courses in
nonprofit management at UCF for more than a decade.
"Many millennials want to work for a mission-driven organization
and ultimately make a difference in the world," she said.
Nonprofit management majors will select either a Bachelor of
Arts or Bachelor of Science plan. Both require 11 core courses and
eight restricted elective courses beyond the university's General
Education Plan. The curriculum includes an internship and a
service-learning project with a nonprofit.
Successful students will develop competencies in volunteer
management, board development, financial management, community
outreach and marketing, program evaluation, fundraising, and
general nonprofit management.
The new major is the school's third academic program in the
discipline, joining other programs leading to a Nonprofit
Management Minor or a Master of Nonprofit Management.
UCF's nonprofit management major should benefit local and state
nonprofits who place the majors in internships, service-learning
projects or volunteer positions at their organizations, Krick
Joan Nelson, senior vice president for community investment at
Heart of Florida United Way and a member of the school's Nonprofit
Advisory Board agrees. "This is great news for all, especially the
nonprofit community that continues to benefit from the graduates of
all UCF nonprofit programs," Nelson wrote in a congratulatory
The 18-credit hour certificate program will provide advanced
graduate study for students seeking jobs such as budget officer,
chief financial officer, comptroller and analyst. The program also
will prepare students to receive the Certified Government Finance
Officer designation from the Florida Government Finance Officers
"Public budgeting and finance long focused on controlling
government spending to avoid corruption, enhance oversight and
promote accountability," said Assistant Professor David Mitchell,
who led the new program's development. "Today it's even more
significant and complex."
For example, governments often use third-party providers to
provide services that require multiple contracts and payments based
on complicated formulas. They also rely on increasingly
sophisticated financial instruments and transactions to conduct
their business, Mitchell said.
Students who enroll in the new certificate program will expand
their knowledge of the discipline through required and elective
graduate-level courses. The school has developed four new courses
for the program.